How often lately have you seen a home go up for sale in your neighborhood only to see it “under contract” within days? The Colorado Springs area is expected to be in the Top 10 housing markets for 2018. This forecast is for townhomes, condominiums and single-family homes. If you are looking to buy a new house in Colorado this year, keep in mind that the roof is often the most overlooked area on first walk troughs.
You’ll easily be able to notice some simple, obvious signs that something is wrong with the roof just by looking up before you walk in the door. Do you see caving or sagging areas in not only the roof but also the gutters? What about missing shingles or flashing or areas of missing granules? Even small things like shingles that are cracked or curled can be signs of more extensive damage. Does it just look old and worn down? If the chimney is visible from the ground, check the flashing around the base to see if it is pulling away from the stack. Once you are inside the potential home of your dreams, look upwards again in the closets and top floor rooms. Black dots or water stains are a sure sign that some more extensive damage will show up on a professional inspection.
Your real estate agent can find out the age of the roof if you ask them. If the roof hasn’t been replaced in over 20 years, consider that a red flag. On the other hand, a newer roof could possibly lead to insurance discounts. If you find that the house has a newer roof, ask your insurance agent about discounts. In some cases, homes with metal roofs offer additional savings. Some of the bigger insurance companies have the discounts right on their websites like Farmers: https://www.farmers.com/faq/discounts